Operations on the
Suez Canal have returned to normal, according to the waterway's managers, and
the 400-plus vessels that were forced to wait during the recent grounding have
all completed their transits.
On April 2 USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and her five escorts passed thru
The carrier USS
Dwight D. Eisenhower and her five escorts were the first U.S. military vessels
to transit the canal when they passed through on April 2. “We appreciate the
Government of Egypt and Suez Canal Authority’s efforts to ensure the safety of
navigation in this critical waterway for all ships, and in allowing the IKE CSG
to transit so quickly,” said Vice Adm. Samuel Paparo, commander of U.S. Fifth
While almost all
of the vessels delayed by the grounding have moved on through the canal, the
Ever Given may not be among them - at least, not until Egyptian investigators
have completed their work. Local outlet Al-Shorouk reports that the ship and
her crew will be restricted to an anchorage at Great Bitter Lake until after
the initial inquiry is finished.
SCA insisted that the canal bears no responsibility for the grounding
Officials at the
SCA have insisted that the canal bears no responsibility for the grounding and
- on the contrary - deserves considerable credit for the successful refloat
effort. On the second point, foreign nations and international organizations
agree: the IMO and Evergreen Line have presented the SCA with formal letters of
thanks for the authority's work to restore the flow of global commerce.